Monday, February 20, 2017

North Otago Tennis

Congratulations to our students who represented North Otago at the Southern Regional Tennis Teams Event over the weekend in Dunedin. Teams attending were from South Canterbury, Otago, Southern Lakes, Southland and North Otago. The 16 year old boys and girls team were overall winners in their age group. Very well done to Sarah Dodd, Brandon Howell, Josh Eckhold, Rebecca Dodd, Megan Dodd and Duran Cooper.

Learn To Row

Learn to row!
Come along and try a new sport. Learn to row sessions Monday and Wednesday 5.30pm to 6.30pm, Oamaru Harbour row shed.
Only till 15 March so be in Quick to try this new sport!!
Any enquiries to Athol Smith 0223097072

And an update on Nationals from Athol - Max Smith and Logan Docherty reached the B final of the U19 double, a top 16 finish in New Zealand. A great effort for boys under 17

Home & School AGM

Home & School AGM

Monday 6 March
SKC Staff Room

New members always welcome!

For information please contact Dianne Mills, 027 3032067

Friday, February 17, 2017

Principal's Messgage

Kia ora Kevinians and Supporters of the College

Today's athletic sports has capped of a week of sporting activity at the College. The 3000m race on Tuesday, championship swimming events on Thursday and track and field events today. Congratulations to our winners and a big thank you to our committed staff who have so capably organised these events. 
On Wednesday it was my privilege to present the Dominican Excellence Awards. These recognise last years NCEA achievement, the Cambridge examination results and our Duke of Edinburgh Silver awards. Students receiving Excellence endorsements in their NCEA were acknowledged with Academic Blues. Once again we have been able to celebrate superb academic achievement at all levels.

The Board of Trustees had their first meeting for the this year on Wednesday. Mr Steven Bolstridge was once again elected as the BOT Chair and the College Charter and annual plan have been ratified. These documents outline the strategic direction for the College and can be viewed on our website.

May God bless you
Paul Olsen, Principal

Athletic Sports Day 2017

It's been a stunning day at the College for the 2017 Athletic Sports Day!  The House spirit was flying high and it was wonderful to have so many families join us for a great day of sporting action!  The 1500m will be run next week so time will tell who our champions are, but congratulations to all of the students who took part in the track and field events today!  Thank you to our student photographers for capturing the day - Georgia Vickers, Emma-Kate Newlove and Hannah Bond.

Championship Swimming

The day was somewhat more overcast for our Championship Swimming event but that didn't stop those vying for the championship titles!  The final points will be tallied and results will be out soon, but in the meantime enjoy some images from the afternoon - Thanks to Anna Taylor and Tai Williams.

Thursday, February 16, 2017

SKC Netball Club AGM

St Kevin’s College Netball Club AGM

Saturday 4th March at 1.00 pm in the school staffroom
There will be a coaching session for any girls that come with their parents at the school courts from 1.00 to 2.00 pm with Melissa Smith.  Afternoon tea to follow. 
If your daughter plays netball in any grade, we would love to see you there.

Apologies to Paula Brien on 027 437 1291 or email

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Waitaki Sports Awards Nominations

The Waitaki Sports Awards are coming up and we have four fantastic nominations of which the College is very proud.  The Top 5 Basketball squad are nominated for Team of the Year, and SKC dominate the Junior Sportswoman category with Brylee More for Touch, Amber Cunningham for Cricket and Penny Keeling for Swimming.  

Dominican Excellence Awards 2017

It was with much pleasure that we welcomed our College community to SKC today, to share in the academic success of our students.  The Dominican Excellence Assembly is where we acknowledge students who have excelled in their NCEA studies and in particular receive a Merit or Excellence endorsement.  Students who receive an Excellence endorsement are also awarded a College Academic Blue.  At today's awards assembly we acknowledged over 100 students for their NCEA success, an outstanding achievement and a reflection of the Dominican emphasis on education.   Congratulations to you all!

We also presented certificates to our Cambridge students from 2016.  With a 100% pass rate over both Maths and English, we were particularly proud to acknowledge Rata McMullan, Ray Meech, Faraz Hussain and Joshua Gibson who scored either an A or A* result.  Well done to all of our Cambridge students on yet another great set of results.

We also have a large group of students at the College who participate in the Duke of Edinburgh programme  and today we took the opportunity to present Sarah Dodd and Ami Wallis with the Silver Duke of Edinburgh Awards.  Well done girls, a wonderful achievement!

Tuesday, February 14, 2017

3000m Race In Perfect Conditions

Sunny, but slightly cool .... perfect weather for the running of the 3000m races after school today! Well done to those who entered and received valuable House points. These will be included in the Athletic Day totals this coming Friday.  Make sure you come along and support the students, the Home & School will also be selling ice blocks and sausage sizzles. 

Monday, February 13, 2017

Mandarin Kung Fu Treat

Junior Mandarin classes were given a treat today when Kung Fu master John Sun from the Confucius Institute at the University of Canterbury visited the College this morning. They got to have a go at some basic moves and watch a master in action!   John Sun gave a demonstration to the rest of the College at our Admin Assembly this afternoon.

John Sun has been in Oamaru over the weekend and was at the Chinese New Year celebrations held at Friendly Bay on Friday.

Friday, February 10, 2017

Principal's Comments

Kia ora Kevinians and Supporters of the College

Thank you to caregivers and staff who attended the "new families" meeting on Thursday evening in the Library. The opening of clear lines of communication benefits all of our community and being able to put faces to names makes our pastoral role so much easier.

In the Chapel today, St Kevin’s College and St Joseph’s Primary and Intermediate School were pleased to be able to gather in solidarity as we jointly celebrated the commissioning of our new staff by Bishop Colin.

The commissioning of new staff is an important ritual in the spiritual life of our schools. It is a sign and symbol of commitment to the core business of Catholic education which is educating our next generation to build the Kingdom of God here in Oamaru in a real and authentic way.

The day continued enthusiastically with the annual House swimming sports. House colours and points were the order of the day. Thank you to Mr Smith and your team for running an excellent all round event.

May God bless you
Paul Olsen, Principal